Cat’s teeth are so sharp they could slice through your eyeballs
Posted September 19, 2018 08:18:17 A cat that has a rare genetic condition that makes it able to break through bone has been discovered.
The cat, named Koko, was discovered in the mountains of New South Wales in the south-west of Australia.
Koko’s owner said it was the first time he had seen a cat with such a genetic defect, and his hope was that the condition would one day lead to a cat of its own.
He said he and his wife Kiki would not have any problem sharing the family pet.
“We’ll take care of Koko,” he said.
There are now more than 60,000 cats in the world, and scientists have a few theories about what causes the rare condition, which causes the cat’s teeth to grow in very unusual patterns.
One theory is that the gene for the disorder, called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, is a part of the DNA sequence of many animals, including cats.
But it is not clear how that mutation affects the cat and how it would affect the cat in its lifetime.
Scientists say the condition affects just a handful of cats, but Koko’s parents have since had several of their kittens tested for Osteogenic Imperfectus.
This is the first confirmed case of Osteopathy Imperfector in Australia, and researchers hope to identify more genes that contribute to the condition.
A genetic mutation that causes Osteosis Imperfecti in cats is also known as Osteoglossia.
In some cats, the Osteopathic Imperfections can result in the teeth being too long or short, which can lead to problems such as gingivitis and dental problems.
Osteogenesis is also caused by a gene mutation in the OSA gene.